Plush new loos are installed at village hall

Using the lavatory is no longer an inconvenience for the elderly at East Wittering Village Hall.

A brand new accessible toilet for the disabled has been installed at the venue, next to the Church of St Anne.

It comes complete with baby changing facilities and is suitable for wheelchair users and the infirm.

West Sussex County Council awarded £3,000 from its Members’ Big Society Fund to help with the cost of the project.

The amenity has been built in the entrance lobby of the village hall, in part of a corridor which links the hall and the church.

Demand for the new toilet came from disabled residents, who were prevented from visiting the hall because of the lack of facilities.

Now East Wittering’s elderly and infirm residents are returning to the venue, where they can comfortably enjoy social activities for many years to come.

East Wittering Village Hall Committee spokesman Michael Pettman said: “The expectations of elderly people have increased greatly in the past few years.

“They no longer expect to be stuck at home. That is why we have put in this new toilet.

“There are over 20 groups who use this village hall on a regular basis, such as the WI, who have elderly and disabled members. Because of this new facility, they are now coming back.”

County council cabinet member for finance and resources, Michael Brown, said: “It is great to see East Wittering Village Hall, which is at the centre of its community, become more inclusive for everyone.

“We were delighted these improvements have been made and we are proud to have supported it.”